You might have noticed it over the past few years, my consumption of fashion (or what used to be more like shopping frenzy) has radically changed. As if making my own money taught me the value of it (sounds familiar? Yes, parents are always right!): when I was a student, I had absolutely no problem spending all my money on clothes and drinks (yolo, those were the years), but now I get a monthly wage, I handle it all much more responsibly (it took 4 years, but I do!). I’m not going to lie, I still dedicate a decent part of my salary to my wardrobe, but I shop differently – dare I say better?
Less items, more quality, aiming for investment pieces… the other day, I stepped into an H&M and realised it was the first time in almost a year. Not that I suddenly have expensive taste (nope, not a millionaire – yet), I’ve learned to appreciate the nice materials, craftsmanship, local provenance… I had just had enough of fast-fashion, of replacing my PU accessories every 6 months because they were always breaking, I needed to live in a way that would be more respectful to the society and the environment.
For example, from time to time, I #treatmyself with a very nice item, and I had been eyeing the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag for a few years already, trying to get my hands on one every time they came back in stock and never being able to score. It seems like the only way to get it is to pay 200€ more on Vestiairecollective, not such a great deal for a pre-owned bag.
So while I was desperately hoping to get lucky, I also kept my eyes open for decent alternatives, and one day, while I was randomly searching ASOS, there it was: the Onslow bag by the London brand Whistles.
Simple, classic, practical, with a great leather and perfect finishings… I was immediately conquered! BUT, and that’s the part I’m very proud of, I somehow managed to wait 3 months with the link sitting in my Saved Items, praying for a sudden discount that would allow me a good old bargain. Patience always pays, my friends (another lesson I should have learned earlier), and last week I finally clicked ‘add to bag’, saving 50% (it was a very good day)!
When it arrived, I immediately knew I had made the right decision – this bag is perfection. And what I love the most about it is that it’s not an ‘it-bag’: I’ve never seen anyone wear it, it’s not one of those blogger must-haves, it’s just my handbag, and I love it because it fits me perfectly. I’ll show you how I wear it soon, I promise!